Category Archives: Headphones

Tech Review: Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Esport Gaming Headphones: Practically perfect

The Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Esport Gaming Headphones, the latest refresh of Plantronics’ longrunning RIG 500 line, are about as close to the perfect gaming headset as any I’ve ever used. Continue reading Tech Review: Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Esport Gaming Headphones: Practically perfect

Tech Review: Sony WF-SP700N – great sound, perfect noise cancelling, terrible battery life

Ever since Apple released the Airpods in December of 2016, there’s been a steady increase in number of big-ticket, fully wireless ear buds coming to market. With the Internet of Things steadily spreading toward more casual adopters of technology, and Bluetooth technology improving year on year, it’s become necessary for these devices to enter the market as quickly as possible. Hence, a deluge of devices competing for consumer love, all looking to cater to many different lifestyles. Sony’s WF-SP700N is aimed squarely the sportier types, in contrast to last year’s so-so WF-1000X (names aren’t their strong suit), and finds its mark with a few smart choices, and a few concessions. Continue reading Tech Review: Sony WF-SP700N – great sound, perfect noise cancelling, terrible battery life

Tech Review: HyperX Cloud Stinger Core: Great sound on a budget

The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core shouldn’t sound as good as it does. This is a $70 AUD pair of headphones. You expect certain things from $70 headphones. You expect them to be cheap. You expect them to be made from hard, unyeilding plastic that keeps them from being worn comfortably for long periods. You certainly don’t expect them to sound good. But they do. Continue reading Tech Review: HyperX Cloud Stinger Core: Great sound on a budget

Tech Review: Cygnett FreePlay Wireless Earphones: Puzzle bobble

One thing a pair of earphones should do the first time you put them in your ears is make a good impression. Before you even turn them on, they should sit comfortably in the ears with minimal wobble and, ideally, not make you feel like Lobot from Star Wars (though I’ve reviewed my share that do). Cygnett’s FreePlay Wireless Earphones did not make a great impression when I first tried to put them in. They require a bit of warming up to, but will reward you if you give them the space. Continue reading Tech Review: Cygnett FreePlay Wireless Earphones: Puzzle bobble

Tech Review: Edifier G4 Gaming Headphones: Boom, boom, boom

Gaming headsets have reached an interesting tipping point. For years many of them weren’t worth the price of the box they came in. They sported ugly, heavy designs, poor quality materials and sound quality to match. But over the last five years manufacturers have — to my shock — begun to shift their focus towards a quality product and now we find ourselves at another strange crossroads. Legitimate and respected home audio brands, in this case Edifier, are getting into the gaming headset space. With their G4 headset, Edifier are coming into an already crowded market with plenty of experience behind them. How do they stack up? Continue reading Tech Review: Edifier G4 Gaming Headphones: Boom, boom, boom

Tech Review: HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headphones: Long, loud life

Gaming headphones have come such a long way in the last couple of years, particularly those of the wireless variety. Gone are the days of terrible sound and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it battery lives. Now, if you aren’t providing premium quality sound, no-one wants a bar of you. HyperX has always seemed to be a gaming peripheral maker that knew this better than anyone else in the space. In the Cloud Flight wireless headset, they’ve created what might be their best audio work to date. Continue reading Tech Review: HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headphones: Long, loud life

Tech Review: Plantronics RIG 800LX Gaming Headset: Big money, no whammies

For the longest time, I railed against gaming headphones across the board. As an audiophile, there was no part of them anyone did right. They were all huge, heavy and ugly with huge bass that blew the sound to hell. In the last couple of years however, I’ve found myself finally coming around on gaming headsets — or perhaps peripheral makers have finally realised there’s a way to court picky bastards like me. In their RIG 800LX PC and Xbox One headset, Plantronics have made a wireless unit that is very difficult for me to nitpick. Continue reading Tech Review: Plantronics RIG 800LX Gaming Headset: Big money, no whammies

Tech Review: Razer Electra V2 USB Gaming Headset: Back to basics and a step forward

When it comes to gaming headphones, Razer’s cans have never been my favourites. They’ve always been clunky, heavy things with sound that rarely came close to meeting my expectations. I wanted to put all that on front street because, if the Electra V2 is any indication, Razer’s headset efforts might have finally found their groove at last. Continue reading Tech Review: Razer Electra V2 USB Gaming Headset: Back to basics and a step forward

Tech Review: Sony WI-1000X Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones: Plane weird

I frequently argue in my headphone reviews that the look, the exterior design of a particular kit is rarely terribly important to me. If a pair of headphones sound great, I’m usually happy to wear them  no matter how hideous they may be. Sony’s WI-1000X Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones have broken my resolve. They do sound great and the noise cancellation is quite solid. But I can’t get past how ugly they are. Continue reading Tech Review: Sony WI-1000X Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones: Plane weird